Warm Springs Falls is a beautiful waterfall situated on Warm Springs Creek within the upper North Umpqua River watershed, near Diamond Lake. This waterfall crashes 70 feet to the valley below and does so over a ledge of columnar basalt, creating a very dramatic setting.
The trail is very short and easy and in remarkably good shape, considering how far it is from anything. In June and into early July, the rhododendrons which line the trail will be in full bloom, adding to the beauty of the stroll. After a short 0.3 miles, you will find yourself at a viewing platform, overlooking Warm Springs Falls and the canyon. This hike is very lightly traveled, so there’s a good chance you could have the platform to yourself. So embrace your waterfall zen and chill quietly while viewing one of the most powerful forces of nature. Sounds enticing, huh.
To reach the Warm Springs Falls trailhead, head north on Birds Point Road towards Lemolo Lake off of Highway 138. This turnoff will be 13 miles north of the Crater Lake North Entrance Highway or 72 miles east of Roseburg. Follow the paved Birds Point Rd for 5.2 miles north past Lemolo Lake and the resort. Just past the lake, make a left and continue to the north towards Lemolo Forebay No. 1. Here the road will turn to gravel as veer left and cross over the dam. Once over the dam, veer to the left again and the trailhead will be 1.6 miles ahead. The parking area is a small turnout on the left side of the road, but there are signs to let you know you are there.
Passes: No passes required.
Dogs: Allowed but must be leashed or under voice control at all times.
Open Season: The trailhead is usually accessible late April into Novemeber, depending on snow.
Bugs: Mosquitos will likely be present in the late spring, early summer months.
Flowers: Rhododendrons along the trail typically bloom in June and early July.